University of Alberta

Greenhouse Research Assistant

ALES RR General

Competition No.  -    S108234728
Posting Date  -    Jan 12, 2018
Closing Date  -    Jan 24, 2018
Hourly Rate  -    $19.69 per hour
Grade  -    04
Hours  -    40

This position has a term length of 10 months with the possibility of extension.

The Greenhouse Research Assistant will provide research support for the Resilient Forests (RES-FOR) LSARP project team in the greenhouse. All support/work will be directly related to the research project Resilient Forests (RES-FOR): Climate, Pests and Policy-Genomic Applications and will be focused on assisting postdoctoral fellows (PDFs) with greenhouse work/research and collecting tissue samples for DNA extraction. Examples of Greenhouse/Lab work will include: potting the seedlings, watering the trees, helping set up greenhouse experiment, collecting tissue samples for DNA extraction, helping with gas exchange measurements, helping collect samples for chemical analysis, helping with data entry, scanning needle samples as required and, assisting with harvesting the experiment. 


  • Helps establish and maintain the experiment trees in the greenhouse: potting, labeling, watering etc. according to the specifications provided by Project Investigators and their PDFs
  • Collects samples from predetermined trees
  • Help PDFs obtain their samples and measurements as instructed
  • Documents data collection as instructed
  • Scans and measures collected samples using a STD4800 Epson Scanner calibrated for image analysis with Regent Instruments Software such as WinSEEDLE, WinFOLIA and WinDENDRO as required
  • Responsible for the collection, preparation and transport of plant and tree samples as instructed
  • Performs data entry and maintenance of Excel spreadsheets or other selected software
  • Performs general clerical activities (filing, photocopying etc.)
  • Performs other duties as directed


  • Related postsecondary education in biological, forestry, conservation sciences or natural resources preferred; minimum High School Diploma supplemented with relevant coursework 
  • 1-2 years of previous experience involving greenhouse experiments and tree improvement programs
  • Basic computer and software skills, (e.g. Excel, Word, etc.)
  • Valid Class 5 Driver's License strongly preferred
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment; willingness to take initiative and direction
  • Strong organizational and time management skills

How to Apply

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Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.